NICHOLS, S.C. — One organization donated to the Town of Nichols to help families rebuild after their homes have been flooded out twice since 2016.
Just when the people in the town of Nichols thought it couldn’t happen again, it did.
Quanda Fludd lost everything after her town was consumed by water seven months ago.
“This time it was worse,” said Fludd. “It’s hard and stressful trying to get back in when you don’t have the funds to meet your situation.”
This is the second time she’s dealt with her home being flooded after the town of Nichols experienced the same thing back in October 2016. Since this past September, her family has been living at her mother’s house.
While trying to take care of her two kids, she’s working hard and wondering when she’ll be able to move back into her own home.
“You only want to lay in your bed and you want to lay on your couch and just kickback and watch tv but you can’t do that because you have no home,” explained Fludd.
On Monday, the South Carolina Association of Realtors sent some help to Nichols way.
Jim Davis, Chairman of the South Carolina Association of Realtors Community Foundation, presented the town with a check of over $50,000 to help the people who live here.
“There are folks who are very empathetic and ready and willing to help,” said Davis.
Davis says they picked the town of Nichols after seeing what happened to their town over the last few years. They’ve also been in talks with the Nichols Steering Committee to figure out how the money will be spent.
“Looking at the aftermath that is still here months after the fact, I am convinced that money will absolutely do the most good it can possibly do,” said Davis.
According to officials, the money will be put towards families rebuilding to move back into their homes. In a press release it says, “This donation will be used to assist citizens in repairing their flood damaged homes to safe, sanitary, and secure conditions.”
Mayor Lawson Battle says 50% of the community still have not moved back into their homes.
He believes this donation will make a huge difference.
“I’ve never seen it in my 42-years of living in Nichols that it’s happened two years back-to-back. It’s taken miracles like this to keep us going and to help people get back home,” said Battle.
The mayor says the Nichols Steering Committee will be in charge of handling the money to help those in the community and it will be a case by case basis.
Fludd is happy this may help her family get back to normal and have their home once again.
“It will mean a whole lot. It takes some stress off of me,” explained Fludd. “It don’t have to be much. It’s just little things to help donate and help and give a helping hand to get us back in our homes.”